All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) originally posted this blog on July 21st, 2022.
Matthew Utterback and Mercy Kirui of eKitabu, which has participated in several projects with ACR GCD. The first was creating Studio KSL (Kenyan Sign Language) to help the deaf community and local content creators integrate sign language videos into literacy content. They also catalyzed a born accessible book chain to create a library of open source, accessible digital titles along with providing an open standards-based toolkit for local content developers. Currently, they are creating more than 200 books in Tumbuka and Malawian Sign Language with e-braille and audio formats for free use on the Global Digital Library.[su_spacer]
eKitabu: Our theory of change is very straightforward: reach, utilization, and impact. Each element is critical. “Reach” means meeting learners where they are–in and out of schools, in communities–and using technology that is available to them. “Utilization” requires ongoing support and programming that respects and recognizes learner, teacher, family, and community member engagement in learning. We’ve learned that “impact” follows from this sustained engagement in learning–more than anything technical.[su_spacer]